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  • Half chaps for important lesson?

    So, I have the opportunity to visit/interview at a barn for a working student position this weekend. I am thrilled/excited/nervous. In the afternoon I will be having a lesson with the owner and I was planning on wearing breeches and tall boots. However, I haven't ridden in 3 years and just tried on my tall boots - they won't go all the way on. I shouldn't really be shocked, I got them when I was 12/13 and I'm 21 now. There's no way I can buy new tall boots before this weekend, so I was wondering if people thought it would be acceptable to wear paddock boots and matching half chaps?

    When I rode before I schooled in full chaps over breeches/jods/leggings or jeans and paddock boots and only wore my tall boots for clinics/shows/important lessons.

    Also, while I have light colored breeches, my favorites (most comfortable/most durable) are black, would that be acceptable to wear for this day? Thanks!
    'Not all those who wander are lost.'

  • #2
    depends on the half chaps and the person you are interviewing with.


    I'd wear the lighter colored breeches. And I would personally wear half chaps if they are ones that I would also wear in a show. I have these and with my black paddock boots it is a pretty good look. I'd also let them know that you didn't have tall boots that still fit you in case they do care.

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    • #3
      Personally I think clean, well fitting black breeches with CLEAN half chaps and paddock boots, with a nice polo or sweater would be just fine.

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      • #4
        Why don't you ask? Whenever I go to a new barn I always ask 2 questions:
        1) Where do I park? (If you go to a barn all the time, you may forget that the parking isn't always obvious) and
        2) What's the attire at the barn, and are there any rules I should know about? (This gives me a good idea if it's a jeans and t-shirt sort of barn of nice breeches, tall boots, and polo barn. Then you can go from there.)

        Good luck!
        Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique

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        • #5
          You could also be honest when you arrive and mention that those darn tall boots just don't fit like they used to...we've all been there - why do you think we love zip up boots now.

          Best of luck to you

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